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David Earl Reel

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David Earl Reel

Age 47, of High Street in Weston, WV passed away at his home January 31, 2015, at 8:32 AM.

He was born October 22, 1967 in Weston, WV: son of the late Robert Law Reel and Elizabeth Dye Reel.

He is survived by his girlfriend, Carla Fittro and her daughter, Cheyanne Fittro, and her children, Myles, Hardin and Zeriya Hamill; four sisters, Mary Ann (Steve) Flesher of Avon, Ohio, Sharon (Dale) Helmick of Weston, Carol (Leon) Sprouse of Jane Lew and Roberta Simons and companion, Rodney Gibson, of Jane Lew; three brothers, John Reel and Donald (Shelia) Reel, all of Jane Lew, and James (Andrea) Reel of SC; and his dog, Cheyanne. Several nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great-nephews survive.

He was in the U. S. Navy and served aboard the Nemitz Ship. He was a carpenter and handyman by trade.

He was Baptist by faith.

Friends were received Tuesday, February 03, from 6 - 8 PM.

Funeral services was held at the funeral home Wednesday, February 04, at 11 AM with Rev. Bonnie Starkey officiating.

Burial was held in the Broad Run Cemetery.

A Morris Funeral Home Service.

Kendall D. Flesher

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Kendall D. Flesher

Age 91, of Parkersburg, WV passed away Wednesday, February 04, 2015, at Arcadia Nursing Home from Alzheimer’s.

He was born in Cairo, WV, a son of the late Harlin Shrader and Myrl (Flesher) Burrows.

He retired after 43 years from Corning Glass. He graduated from Air Force Academy. He enjoyed gardening and was a member of American Flint Glass Workers Union.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Minnear Flesher; four children, Kendall Flesher, Jr. (Leona) of Dundalk, MD, Carolyn Douglas (Wayne) of Hardyville, KY, Paul “Jerry” Flesher (Sally) of Mims, FL, and Terry Lyons (Mark) of Coolville, Ohio; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Athlene Windom of Wallbridge, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ailene (Lipford) Flesher.

Services will be 1 PM, Monday, February 09, at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-5 PM, Sunday, February 08, at the funeral home.

Leonard Toney Mick

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Leonard Toney Mick

Age 96, a resident of Weston, WV passed away Monday, February 02, 2015 at Davis Medical Center in Elkins.

He was born Monday, August 12, 1918 in Walkersville, WV: a son of the late Toney and Minnie L. Mick.

He is survived by his wife, Della Mick; seven children, five step-children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.

Preceding Leonard in death besides his parents was one son, one brother and one sister.

He was the owner of his own mechanic shop where he worked as a mechanic for numerous years. He served his country in the U.S. Army.

His request for cremation will be honored and internment will follow in the Duncan Falls Cemetery, Duncan Falls, Ohio.

The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Leonard Toney Mick.

Olga B. Ferrell

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Olga B. Ferrell

Age 99, of Big Bend, WV, departed this life on Thursday, February 05, 2015.

Born on December 21, 1915, Olga was the daughter of the late Dwight L. and Etta Helmick Meadows.

Olga is survived by 6 children, sons, Irvin (Kate) Walker and Ronnie (Betty) Walker, Big Bend WV, Jack (Janet) Walker of Grantsville, WV; daughters, Janice (David) Kelly of Sistersville WV; Naomi Toler of Big Bend, WV and Norma (Bill) Queen of St. Marys, WV; 26 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 36 great-great grandchildren; 2 great-great-great grandchildren.

Olga was preceded in death by husbands, Carl Walker and Russell Ferrell; sons, Harold Walker and Harold Ferrell; daughters, Betty Walker Holbert and Isabelle Ferrell Parsons; a sister, Opal; 5 brothers, Norval, Alvie, Vandale, Oris, and Dwight Jr.; 5 grandchildren.

Olga was an employee of Calhoun General Hospital for 16 years, but spent most of her life as a homemaker, rearing her children and 25 years as a caregiver for Russell, her late husband.

Olga was a member of the Brooksville Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Saturday, February 07, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

Rev. Barry Skaggs will officiate.

Interment will be in Big Bend Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8 PM.

Edward W. Atkinson

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Edward W. Atkinson

Native of Weston, WV, age 91, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015.

He was a long-time resident of Princeton Junction, NJ, where he shared a home with his wife of nearly 50-years, the late Alda Atkinson.

Atkinson is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Ronald) Magro; and four grandchildren, Daniel J., Nina M., Joseph E., and John F.

He was a graduate of and earned a B.S. degree from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C. He was copy chief of the General Books Division at the Reader’s Digest Association for close to 25-years.

Previous to that, he worked for the Encyclopedia Britannica and other publications including the American Legion, where he met his wife, Alda Viarengo.

The two were married for 57-years. Edward was a part of the “Greatest Generation” and served as a second Lieutenant in the Army Air Force , 331st Bombardment Group during WWII.

He was a member of the American Legion for 65-years and a member of the West Windsor Lions Club for 45-years. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 636 - Princeton, NJ.  He was a pioneer in the pro-life movement and attended the March for Life every year since its inception in 1973. His tireless care and hard work for the less fortunate was exemplified in the various groups within the community for which he volunteered his time. Always the consummate gentleman, he personified what it meant to give of oneself for the betterment of others.

His family received relatives and friends on Thursday, February 05, from 6 - 8 PM and will receive again on Friday, February 06, from 10 to 11 AM, at James J McGhee Funeral Home, 690 Belmont Ave. Southampton, PA. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 AM on Friday, February 06, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 611 Knowles Ave., Southampton, PA.

Edward will be laid to rest at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA.

In lieu of flowers, in memory of Edward, the family requests donations be sent to a Pro-Life organization of one’s choice.

Charles Leslie Fox

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Charles Leslie Fox

Age 84, of Panama City, Florida passed away Friday, January 23, 2015.

Charles was born in Roanoke, WV and lived in Panama City, Florida for the last 48-years.

He retired as a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force after 20-years service. After his military career, Charles worked in Civil Service as Assistant Fire Chief at Tyndall AFB, retiring after 20-years.

He was a devoted member and former chairman of the Board of Trustees at Parker United Methodist Church.

Charles worked and help build 13 houses for Habitat for Humanity and was an active volunteer to help feed the homeless. He loved bass fishing at Deer Point Lake and Lake Seminole and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Charles was preceded in death by his daughter, Beverly; his parents, Ova Cecil and Mary Alice Fox; five brothers, Ed Fox, Ross Fox, Stanton Fox, Andy Fox and Robert Fox; and two sisters, Edith Fox Allman and Madge Fox Kirkpatrick.

Survivors include his wife of 60-years, Barbara; his son, Steven (Jeanette); grandchildren, Alisa, Jennifer, Keith, Eric and Meagen; great-grandchildren, Michael, Ava, Devin, Wesley and Maci; sister, Marybelle Cunningham of Barberton, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services began at 2 PM Tuesday, January 27, at the Parker United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Stringfellow officiating.

Interment follow at Garden of Memories.

The family received friends at the funeral home Monday evening from 6 - 8 PM.

Asked to serve as pallbearers were Jim Jennings, John Briggs, Roger Davis, Floyd Scalf, Russ Austin and Bob McCoy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Fox’s name may be made to either the Parker United Methodist Church or to the Habitat for Humanity.

Paul Dessel Hall

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Paul Dessel Hall

Age 85, of Old Turnpike Road in Little Birch, WV passed away at 2:20AM on Tuesday February 03, 2015 in the Charleston Area Medical Center following an extended illness.

He was born in Poplar Ridge in Braxton County, WV on April 27, 1929 a son of the late Andrew Jackson Hall and Laverna Jane Martin Hall.

He was first married to Reva Whaling Cunningham Hall who passed in April of 1970. He then married Virginia Davis who passed in 2014.

He is survived by two stepsons: Robert Cunningham of Buckhannon, and Phillip Cunningham of Wooster OH; several nieces and nephews; and his helpful neighbors and caregivers: Randy, Ann, and Stephanie Harper of Buckhannon.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family being preceded in death by three brothers: Harry, Albert, and Theodore Hall; and five sisters: Audney Cross, Stella Davis, Anna McHenry, Birdie Skidmore, and Emma Barnette.

Paul was an honored veteran of the United States Army. He worked for Imperial Coal Company then spent most of his career as a long haul truck driver. He loved driving the open road, traveling the country, meeting people and seeing the sites.

Paul’s request for cremation has been honored and his family and friends will gather for a Graveside Service at Poplar Ridge Cemetery in Sutton.

Details will be announced at a later date.

Military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Army and the Lewis County Honor Guard.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew is honored and privileged to serve the family of Paul Hall.

Margaret K. Austin

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Margaret K. Austin

Age 84, of Cairo, WV, departed this life on Monday, February 02, 2015 at her residence.

She was born on November 27, 1930 in Washington, D.C. the daughter of the late Richard R. and Ann C. Winslow.

She had been employed by Walmart for more than twenty years and had taught horses back riding lessons at the Greenbrier Stables in North Carolina. She helped operate the McGuire Airport near Orlando, Florida and coached a Farragut High School swim team to a state championship in Concord, Tennessee. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and was still making pottery into her seventies.

Mrs. Austin is survived by two sons, Richard W. Austin, Cairo, WV and Daniel E. Austin, Rocky Pointe, NC; one daughter Margret Ann Austin, Cookeville, TN; nine grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph E. Austin and a son William S. Austin.

Services will be held at the convenience the family.

Kathy Marie Bennett Smith

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Kathy Marie Bennett Smith

Age 65, of Elizabeth, WV, departed this life on Monday, February 02, 2015 at Parkersburg, WV.

She was born April 17, 1949 at Spencer, WV the daughter of the late Corny and Vera Wilson O’Brian.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker who loved animals, especially horses and dolphins. She enjoyed fishing and riding four wheelers.

She is survived by a son, Homer Krantz (Amanda), Elizabeth, WV; two daughters, Kelley Taylor, Elizabeth, WV and Marie Jones, Smithville, WV; two brothers, Larry and Charlie O’Brian and one sister Zanie O’Brian, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Homer C. Bennett and Dayton Smith, one brother, Sammy O’Brian.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 05, 2015, at 1:00 PM from the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV.

Interment will follow in the Hardman Chapel Cemetery, near Smithville, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 PM until 8 PM on Wednesday, February 04, 2015.

Victor Carl Davis, Sr.

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Victor Carl Davis, Sr.

Age 89, of Sutton, WV passed away February 02, 2015 at Braxton Nursing & Rehab. Center, Sutton.

He was born December 26, 1925 in Centralia the son of the late Lawrence Lloyd & Elsie Lucky Davis.

Victor was a Bus Driver for Braxton County Board of Education and retired after 29 years of service, a farmer, a Army veteran of WWII and a former member of the Odd Fellow Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Masil Pauline Blankenship Davis, son, Victor Carl Davis, Jr., and brother, Veon “Babe” Davis.

Victor is survived by his sons, Randy Davis & wife Linda and Tracy Davis all of Sutton, step-son, Steve Lynch of Sutton, grandchildren, Bracci Carl Davis, Kaleb Lloyd Davis and Layman Lee Davis, step-grandchildren, Travis Lawrence Jagielski and Christopher Robert Jagielski, great grandchildren, Jackson Davis and Chance Davis.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday February 04, 2015 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with Rev. Tom Propts officiating.

Military graveside rites with American Legion Post #33 will follow at Davis Family Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV is humbled to serve the Davis family.

Ronald Wayne Knight

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Ronald Wayne Knight

Age 68 of Powell Road, Fairmont, WV went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 30, 2015 in his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 29, 1946 at Covington, VA a son of the late Carl Wayne and Dessell Knight.

On March 27, 2006 he married Margaret “Peggy” Rowe Knight who survives.

Also surviving is two daughters, Jennifer “Missy” Knight, Fairmont, Kayla Renee Grant and husband Robert, Clarksburg, two sons, R. Christopher Knight and wife Becky, Lumberport, Jarrod Wayne Knight and wife Tausha, Clarksburg, one step daughter, Rebecca Renee Wilson and husband Robert, Fairmont, one step son, Wade Ellott Kincaid, Martinsburg, grandchildren, Alec Christy, Savannah Christy-Harper, Zachary Riggleman, Garrett Lohiser, Deegan Grant, Jackson Wayne Knight, Cody Wilson, one brother, Kevin Knight and wife Betty, Grafton and his K-9 best friend “Maxie”.

Mr. Knight was a manager for A & P Grocery, Foodlion and Shop N Save with 45 years service. He had served with the West Union Fire Department as a volunteer fireman and the Doddridge County EMS. Ron enjoyed hunting, hot rod cars and was an avid WVU Mountaineer Football Fan.

He was Baptist by faith.

Ron enjoyed spending time with his family and was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street, West Union on Wednesday, February 04, 2015 at 2:00 PM with Pastor John Eklund officiating.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, February 04, 2015 from 10 AM until service time.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Knight family.

James E. Kelly

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James E. Kelly

Age 70, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 30, 2015.

He was born on August 28, 1944 to the late Howard Kelly and Mildred (Bosley) Kelly in Baltimore, MD.

He was a woodworker by trade and served in the Marine Corp.

James is also preceded in death by his brother, William Kelly; sisters, Shirley Kelly, Dolores Gines, and Doris Burlingame.

Family left to honor his memory is son, James Kelly Jr. of Corvallis, Oregon; several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

James enjoyed spending time with family and loved his dog, Philo. He also studied his ancestors and enjoyed searching through old cemeteries to locate family. He also spent time collecting coins.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 03, 2015 at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home at 378 Flatwoods Corner Road in Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral Services will follow visitation at 1:00 PM at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Pastor Paul Beatty officiating.

Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Exchange, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is honored to be serving the Kelly Family.

Eloise Davis Meads

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Eloise Davis Meads

A long-time resident of Spencer, WV, was transferred to heaven on January 29, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, James Henry Meads.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Bill Greenleaf in Spencer, WV, and her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Judy Meads in Glenville, WV; two granddaughters and their husbands; and four great-grandchildren also survive her, Rachael Meads and husband, John Meeker, and children, Flora Louise and Lucy Meeker of Shepherdstown, WV, and Sarah and Jeff Dodson, and sons, Samuel Dodson and Nathaniel Dodson of Bridgeport, WV. She also had two step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren, Bill and Chris Greenleaf, and daughter, Rachel Greenleaf in Summerville, SC, and Denise and Randy Howard, and son, Michael Headley in Ripley, WV. Surviving brothers and their spouses are Bob and Betty Davis in Eugene, Oregon, and Gary and Allene Davis in Camano Island, Washington; and sister-in-law, Jan Davis in Burien, Washington.

Her brothers and sister who preceded her in death were Gene Davis of Port Lucie, Florida, Dwight Davis of Buren, Washington, and sister, Pauline Crosby of Bellingham, Washington.

Eloise Davis Meads was born in Gardner, Kansas, the daughter of the late Ben and Olive Davis. Her father was a Methodist minister who was transferred to Billings, Montana, when Eloise was a girl. She graduated from high school in Billings and began college courses to become a teacher.

Eloise first started her teaching experience at McLeod Elementary School in McLeod, Montana, from September 1943 to January 1944. She was the only teacher in a one-room school and taught grades one through eight. During World War II, Eloise enlisted in the WAVES - a branch of the U.S. Naval Reserve. Having served in World War I, her father, Ben Davis, was too old to enlist, and her brothers were too young, but she felt someone in their family should help the war effort, so she enlisted. On February 07, 1944, she left Livingston, Montana by troop train to start her career in the WAVES with training in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She completed additional training in the Bronx, NY, and was then assigned to Camp Elliott, San Diego, California. There she met her Navy husband, Jim Meads, at a dance near the end of the war. They were married in their Navy uniforms with the service performed by her father. Their marriage lasted 44 years until his death in 1989.

Because her husband was from West Virginia, they made their home there. He became a WV State Policeman. They lived in several places including Cabin Creek, East Bank, Ward, Grantsville, and Spencer. Eloise worked as a substitute teacher in Calhoun, Kanawha, and Roane Counties. While her children were in school, she went back to college at Marshall University and finally earned a Board of Regents Degree from Glenville State College. She marched in the same commencement with her daughter, Judy Meads Greenleaf, who received a BA in Education, and her son, Jim Meads, who marched as a GSC faculty member. Eloise became secretary of Spencer High School where she worked for four years. In 1965, she moved to the Roane County Board of Education Office where she became Bookkeeper and Head Financial Secretary, and held those positions until her retirement in 1984.

She was an active member of the St. Johns Methodist Church

She was also a member of the Susanna Wesleyan Circle, and played in the bell choir. For many years she was president of the Roane County Retired School Employees. Eloise was involved in the Committee on Aging activities and worked to get the old Spencer Elementary School remodeled into the current Senior Center. She also worked to gather furnishings, books, and displays for the one-room school house at Heritage Park, and frequently served as a hostess there during community celebrations. Other community service included working with Helping Hands. In addition, she enjoyed the fellowship of her friends in the Novelty Club. She was proud to represent Roane County as a Belle at the West Virginia State Folk Festival in Glenville.

When she was in her late eighties, Eloise was interviewed about her military service as a WAVE for the WV Veteran’s Legacy Project which was to document and preserve experiences of WV veterans. Her interview was videotaped and her words and pictures given the last four pages of the book Heroes Among Us, a collection of veterans stories.

Eloise played the piano by note and by ear. Her repertoire often included a medley of hymns followed by World War II era songs and the boogie woogie. She frequently recited the lengthy poem “Little Orphan Annie”, an 1885 poem written by James Whitcomb Riley. She recited the poem from memory and enjoyed entertaining her children, grandchildren, and school children with verse. She always enjoyed visiting with friends and family, and loved watching the birds and other animals that came to her yard.

A funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, February 01, at the St. Johns United Methodist Church in Spencer, with Pastor David Hall officiating.

Burial will follow in the Eventide Cemetery in Spencer.

Visiting will be from 5-8 PM Saturday at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer.

Mae M. (McClain) Johnson

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Mae M. (McClain) Johnson

Age 97, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

She was born on December 30, 1917 to the late Schuyler and Lovie (Greathouse) McClain.

Mae was retired from the UNINYS Corporation of Los Angeles, CA with 30 years of service.

She is also preceded in death by her husband, Given Johnson, and brothers, Pat, Bert, Earl, Delbert, Roy and Steve McClain; sister, Glenda Conley.

She is survived by sister, Eleanor L. Reese of Burnsville; brother, Sammy (Betty) of Lakemore, OH; several nieces and nephews.

Mae was protestant by faith.

She loved to travel, especially to Natural Bridge and Williamsburg, VA. She loved flowers; her favorite were Irises and Azaleas. She also loved to cook, sew, and enjoyed watching wildlife, especially birds and squirrels.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home at 378 Flatwoods Corner Road in Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral Services will follow visitation at 2:00 PM at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home with Reverend Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Interment will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Burnsville, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is honored to be serving the Johnson Family.

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